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Senior Commissioning Editor, Children's Books

We have an exciting opportunity for a Commissioning Editor looking for a step up to join a global publisher as their Senior Commissioning Editor for Children's Books! You'll be commissioning and developing the company's prestigious children's book portfolio for the UK and International market. This global role offers a competitive salary and benefits package, hybrid working (with ideally weekly visits to the Oxford office but if that's problematic let us know what works for you) and long term career development opportunities.

As Senior Commissioning Editor - Children's Books, your main remit will be to commission new print and digital projects for the relevant audience in line with the children's books publishing strategy and aligned to the home sector publishing objectives. Projects you'll be commissioning span early years character series (mapped to the EYFS), baby and toddler novelty, picture books and levelled readers for home learning. Responsibilities will include (amongst others):

  • Commission agreed projects, identifying and contracting suitable contributors to create exciting and innovative products
  • Develop creative projects from own ideas based on research and market insight
  • Establish and maintain relationships with agents, authors and illustrators to champion books through the publishing process
  • Manage multiple projects across a broad range of Children's book products for differing global markets
  • Assess market needs and gain valuable customer/consumer insight
  • Develop and maintain strong UK and international market knowledge through own research
  • Directly approach and contract potential authors/illustrators with your own original publishing ideas as well as contributing to in-house creative forums
  • Actively solicit and acquire proposals and concepts from agents
  • Negotiate commercial terms and issue contracts
  • Present new proposals at internal publishing meetings

The ideal Senior Commissioning Editor for Children's Books will be a creative, commercial and ambitious Commissioning Editor with a passion for children's books and ideally have excellent early years' market knowledge and insight into the latest trends, and reader needs at this level. With strong commissioning experience, and ideally an existing relevant network, you'll have the ability to connect, communicate and inspire in order to grow your portfolio, always looking to innovate and seek out new opportunities. This is the perfect chance for an experienced Commissioning Editor to take the next step in their editorial career and contribute to the success of an innovative, fast-paced global publishing portfolio - get in touch ASAP to find out more!

Closing date: 31st August 2022 (early applications may be prioritised).

For a full description of the role, please send your CV with a brief paragraph outlining your relevant skills.

Closing Date: Early applications may be prioritised.

** Inspired Search & Selection are a publishing recruitment specialist who operate an Equal Opportunities policy. We treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability or union membership status.

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Senior Commissioning Editor, Children's Books

Full-time, Home Working, Permanent
Children's Publishing, Educational, Publisher, Trade
Acquisitions, Commissioning Editor, Editor, Publishing

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